DATE NUT LOGS

DATE NUT LOGS
MAKES 6 DOZEN

1 c. flour
3/4 t. baking powder
1/2 t. ground ginger
1/4 t. salt
3 eggs
1 c. sugar
1/4 c. orange liqueur
1 t. grated orange zest
1/2 lb. pitted dates; chopped
Confectioners sugar; for sprinkling

Preheat oven to 350* F. Butter a 13X9" baking dish; set aside. Sift flour, baking powder, ginger and salt; set aside. Beat eggs until foamy. Slowly beat in sugar until mixture is very thick and forms a ribbon when mixer is lifted from it. Turn mixer to low, beat in flour until just absorbed. Beat in liqueur and zest. Fold in dates and nuts by hand; pour into pan and smooth top. Bake until top springs back, about 25 minutes. Cool in pan on wire rack 20 minutes. Cut 9 lengthwise and 8 crosswise strips, forming 6 dozen tiny bars. Gently roll in sifted confectioners sugar, coating well and forming log shapes. Store in tightly covered containers.